Atkins Diet vs. MyPlate

Who will emerge victorious?

Claims

  • Enjoy the types and amounts of food featured in the program
  • Restricts certain carbohydrates to help lose weight
  • Changes overall eating habits
  • Can be applied for your entire life
  • Consists of 3 stages
  • Lose 15 pounds in the first two weeks, and continue to lose more later

Facts

During the first phase, the individual may experience headache, dizziness, weakness, fatigue, and/or constipation. Losing those 15 pounds in the first 2 weeks isn't typical and may not occur, but weight will still be lost after the first stage. Besides not being a high-carb diet, it is also lacking in protein.

ALLOWED FOODS

Almost anything.


One day example:


BREAKFAST:

- Scrambled eggs

- Sausages

- Steamed Spinach

- Coffee

- Tea

- Water

- Diet soda

- Herbal tea


LUNCH:

- Roast beef

- Salad greens

- Bean sprouts

- Olives

- Onions

- Dressing


DINNER:

- Baked salmon steak

- Asparagus

- Arugula salad

- Cherry tomatoes

- Cucumbers


SNACKS:

- Atkins Diet program

- Chocolate shake

- Granola bar

- String cheese

- Olives

- Avocadoes

FORBIDDEN FOODS

NO carbs.

NO/VERY LIMITED protein.

WHEN COMPARED

When compared to the food pyramid, the Atkins diet doesn't allow many if not any grains or carbs, because the diet is based off of not taking in what they say are "unnecessary" when trying to lose weight. They also limit the number of protein you can have, because yet again, it supposedly doesn't help in the losing of weight.

WHY PEOPLE ARE VULNERABLE

It is possible for a low carb/high fat diet could actually increase weight gain, instead of aiding in the loss of weight. Also, the low carb diet may not work for a lot of people, because not everyone is the same.

LONG TERM HEALTH ISSUES

There are no long term or lifelong health issues with the Atkins diet. Whether or not weight is lost as soon as desired depends, but the diet isn't harmful for long term use.

OTHER STUFFS

They offer a wide variety of frozen food options, in case people aren't sure as to what they should eat while on the diet plan.